Rickey Lanting

"I am being repaid while doing what I love—helping more people who are new to our beloved island, Unama'ki"

Introducing Rickey Lanting, whose Canadian journey began in the welcoming community of Arichat. Nestled between two grocery stores over a kilometer away, Rickey found warmth in the small gestures of passing cars, always offering a friendly wave, and the genuine kindness of locals who readily extended a helping hand, especially when laden with groceries. This sense of community belonging left an indelible mark on Rickey.

Rickey’s professional journey, which started at the largest manufacturer of fibreglass boats in Eastern NS, Samson Enterprises, played a crucial role in bringing him to Unama’ki – Cape Breton. Now residing in Port Hawkesbury, Rickey has embraced a fulfilling role with YREACH as Settlement Staff – Immigrant Services. Reflecting on his journey, he fulfils a promise made to his father, inspired by the legacy of community service he witnessed growing up.

Grateful for the support he received upon arriving in Canada, Rickey now embraces the opportunity to assist newcomers in Unama’ki – Cape Breton. He sees this as a chance to give back to the community that welcomed him so warmly. In his words, “Cape Breton gave me so much, and now I am being repaid while doing what I love—helping more people who are new to our beloved island, Unama’ki. Thank you for embracing and welcoming us.” Rickey’s journey is not just a personal one; it’s a heartfelt commitment to creating a supportive and inclusive home for others in Unama’ki – Cape Breton.

Rickey’s dedication to supporting immigrants in Cape Breton is further demonstrated through his active participation in the Immigrant Advisory Table (IAT) with the Cape Breton Local Immigration Partnership (CBLIP). Drawing from his firsthand experiences, Rickey offers valuable insights to shape working group action plans and contribute to the overall direction of CBLIP initiatives. Moreover, Rickey’s impactful contribution extended to the 2023 CBLIP Partner Update event, where he served as a first voice speaker, delivering a heartfelt account of his personal journey and experiences and enriching the understanding of everyone in the room.

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